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Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
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A deadly train wreck just North of Washington DC- between an Amtrak train and a commuter train.
Autopsy results show how a Radford Freshman and a Tech grad student died.
Plus Actor McLean Stevenson of MASH fame died after suffering a heart attack.
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And Robin with the Weekend forecast-
News 7 is next.

Train-Crash


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A deadly train crash just north of Washington DCTERMS.
Twelve people are dead- 14 others are hurt.
An Amtrak Train and a Maryland Rail Commuter train collided during a heavy snowstorm this afternoon.
Dave Fehling is on the scene with the latest.
LIVE=CBS
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Boty-Body


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TAPE#96-3
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The badly decomposed body of a Roanoke woman was found on the banks of the James River in Botetourt Count.
Authorities are calling the death suspicious.
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Two men found the remains of 31 year old Rebecca Jean Wright yesterday.
She was reported missing in December.
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Her body was about a mile downstream from an interstate bridge, near Cherry Tree Bottom.
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IN Q=Fairly unusual

((REED KELLY/BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF: FAIRLY UNUSUAL PLACE TO FIND A BODY. THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THIS PERSON WERE SUSPICIOUS. THAT ALONG WITH SOME OTHER THINGS POINT TO A SUSPICIOUS DEATH. ))
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The body was brought to Roanoke for an autopsy.

Cole


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TAPE#96-19
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Alcohol poisoning is to blame for the death of a Radford University freshman.
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Blood and tissue testing indicate 18 year- old Valerie Cole drank herself to death.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Wednesday;


Cole's friends found her dead in her dorm room Saturday.
The University has suspended two fraternities for alleged alcohol violations.
Cole went to those frat parties last Friday night.
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Gillespie


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TAPE#96-18
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wipe wipe wipe
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Wednesday;


Meanwhile, the Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Virginia Tech graduate student suicide.
The body of 26 year- old Theresa Cortney Gillespie was found Tuesday in a wooded area behind Lane Stadium.
She hadn't been seen for two days.
An autopsy ruled out physical injuries or foul play.
Lab reports revealed Gillespie overdosed on sleeping pills.
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ITT


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NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-11
GRAPHIC=ITT Nightvision


For several weeks workers at the I-T-T Night Vision plant in Roanoke County have been sittting on pins and needles, awaiting a major contract from the U-S military.
Len Besthoff reports today's announcement means the 600-plus I-T-T employees will probably be pretty busy for the next few years.
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(( I-T-T Night Vision workers got the news they've been waiting for.
The U-S Army has chosen the Roanoke County plant to supply it with 239-million-dollars worth of night vision equipment over the next few years.
Management says winning this contract underscores the Army's confidence in I-T-T Night Vision as the undisputed leader in this field.
I-T-T has only one domestic competitor-the Litton Corporation.
The last night vision contract was split between the two companies.
But Litton protested since it had a lower bid; and it was decided that this time around only one company would win the contract.
Fortunately, for I-T-T Night Vision workers, they came out on top, because the plant's workforce has declined since the Gulf War from a thousand people to a little more than 600.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

VWIL


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#96-2
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Today marks another milestone for the V-WIL program at Mary Baldwin College.
It's been six months since it started.
Jay Moore takes a look at ceremonies conferring the rank of a dozen cadets.
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SUPER=01-Brenda Bryant/VWIL Director; :17
SUPER=01-Trimble Bailey/VWIL Cadet from Roanoke; :29
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./August; :38
SUPER=01-Kim Bond/VWIL Cadet from Radford; :49
SUPER=01-Sherri Sharpe/VWIL Cadet from Martinsville; 1:04
SUPER=01-Allyson Hatfield/Cadet from Madison Heights; 1:17
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(( How well is the women's alternative program to V-M-I going?
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IN Q=(nat sound) Who will..

((WHO WILL. WE WILL. WE ARE VWIL.))
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That pretty much sums up how these cadets are working together.
12 of the 40 cadets received their stripes, something new for this freshman class.
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SOT 15:29:45
IN Q=It's amazing

((BRENDA BRYANT/VWIL DIRECTOR: IT'S AMAZING TO ME. IT WAS ONLY SIX MONTHS AGE WE BEGAN. THEY'VE COME A VERY LONG WAY AND DEMONSTRATED TODAY HOW MUCH THEY'VE LEARNED.))
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OUT Q=they've learned.


Rank is based on merit in academics, fitness, drill, and ceremony, and leadership activities.
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IN Q=I'm very honored

((TRIMBLE BAILEY/VWIL CADET FROM ROANOKE: I'M VERY HONORED AND PROUD OF ALL THE GIRLS WHO RECEIVED RANK AND THOSE WHO DIDN'T. EVERYONE'S WORKED SO HARD AND IT'S VERY EXCITING TO SEE WHAT'S GOING TO COME AHEAD NEXT.))
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OUT Q=ahead next.


Back in August, the inaugural class faced what many would say was an uphill battle.
Radford's Kim Bond has stepped up to show her leadership as Commanding Officer of the corp.
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IN Q=I think it's

((KIM BOND/VWIL CADET FROM RADFORD: I THINK IT'S BEEN GREAT. BEEN BETTER THAN ANY OF US COULD HAVE EXPECTED. A LOT OF US WEREN'T SURE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. WE HAD A LOT OF EXPECTATION. AND I THINK EVERYONE'S EXPECTATIONS ARE FALLING INTO PLACE AND WITH EACH OTHER AND WE'RE FORMING A GREAT CORP. ))
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OUT Q=a great corp.


So what has it taken to make this program work?
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IN Q=A lot of

((SHERRI SHARPE/VWIL CADET FROM MARTINSVILLE: A LOT OF MEMORIZATION. IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO GET DOWN THE SKILLS THAT WE USE AND SOMETIME TOOK HOURS OUT OF THE DAY YOU DIDN'T EXPECT. IT WAS KIND OF HARD AT FIRST BUT IT'S WORTH IT. ))
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OUT Q=worth it.
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SOT 15:36:41
IN Q=It's gone excellent

((ALLYSON HATFIELD/CADET FROM MADISON HEIGHTS: IT'S GONE EXCELLENT. I'VE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MYSELF AND ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE I'VE WORKED WITH. LEADERSHIP SKILLS, TRAINING STYLES AND I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR, THE PROGRESSIVE YEARS AS WE GO.))
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And if the success thus far is any indication of what's to come in the future than the class of '99 should have a lot to look forward to.
In Staunton, Jay Moore, News 7.))
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Still to come on the broadcast, investigators say they may never know what caused a fatal fire in Craig County,
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and a star from one of television's most successful shows passes away in California.
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Toss to Robin
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Craig-Fire


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TAPE#95-114
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The investigation in a fatal fire in Craig County has been closed.
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SUPER=03-Craig Co/January 30;


For three weeks state police have tried unsuccessfully to find out what sparked the blaze.
Five-year old Chritopher Howard and his three year sister Harlee died in the fire.
They apparently locked themselves in a closet when the fire broke out.
Investigators now say they may never know how the fire started.
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Leftwich


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TAPE#96-13
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The Roanoke man who says police used excessive force during an arrest last weekend is now calling for state and federal investigations of the incident.
Steven Leftwich isn't satisfied with the police department's review of the case.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Leftwich and his cousin William Hayden joined their attorney for a morning news conference.
What should have been a routine traffic stop took a violent turn early Sunday.
Police chief M. David Hooper says he believes the officers used reasonable force to subdue and arrest Leftwich.
But Norfolk attorney Harold Barnes says his client did not deserve the beating he received.
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((HAROLD BARNES: WHEN YOU GO TO THE POLICE ACADEMY, THEY TEACH YOU METHODS OF TAKE DOWN SO THAT YOU ONLY USE THAT AMOUNT OF FORCE NECESSARY TO BRING THAT INDIVIDUAL UNDER CONTROL. SO I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT HIS FACE IS A LIVING TESTIMONY TO WHAT INDEED HAPPENED ON THAT NIGHT AND THOSE ARE NOT SELF- INFLICTED INJURIES.))
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Barnes wants the U-S Justice Department, the State Attorney General's Office and a special prosecutor to conduct their own investigations.
And he says his client is considering a lawsuit.

Buchanan


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A Florida official in Pat Buchanan's campaign has been pushed aside.
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SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL;


Susan Lamb was a leader in the National Association for the Advancement of White People.
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((SUSAN LAMB/NAAWP MEMBER: THE NAAWP DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATE. WE ARE NON PARTISAN, SO MY SUPPORT IS AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND I WILL CAMPAIGN FOR PAT BUCHANAN.))
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OUT Q=FOR Pat Buchanan."
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Lamb says her group is not racist-
She says it fights affirmative action and other programs that she says unfairly discriminate against whites.

Edwards


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TAPE#96-5
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Freshman Roanoke state Senator John Edwards is making a name for himself in Richmond.
That name is liberal, according to some observers.
Edwards prefers the term "traditionalist."
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( His allies decline to stick the liberal label on him on camera.
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((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: I FOUND HIM TO BE A VERY SENSITIVE AND CARING PERSON, A VERY PEOPLE-ORIENTED PERSON.))
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((SEN. JACK REASOR/D-BLUEFIELD: I THINK IT'S TOO EARLY TO START LABELLING SENATOR EDWARDS OR ANY OTHER NEW MEMBER.))
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((SEN. DICK SASLAW: HE CERTAINLY DIDN'T TAKE A LIBERAL STAND ON GUNS.))
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But John Edwards's graduation from Roanoke City Hall to the State Capitol has NOT occurred quietly.
It has been--
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((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CHESAPEAKE: I THINK SOMEWHAT OF AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE IN TERMS OF HIS FREQUENCY OF SPEAKING AND THE LIBERAL BENT OF HIS VOTES. MY SENSE OF THE ROANOKE REGION OF THE STATE IS THAT IT'S MUCH MORE CONSERVATIVE ORIENTED. MUCH MORE FAMILY VALUE ORIENTED THAN SOME OF HIS VOTES WOULD REFLECT.))
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sot 01:44:18

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT AS FAR AS THAT'S CONCERNED. I HAVE TRIED TO STAND UP IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM BILL TO MAKE SURE WE UNDERSTAND THAT BEING TOUGH ON CRIME IS NOT THE SAME THING AS TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN.))
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Another example: a vote AGAINST the death penalty for serial killers -- a bill written by Lynchburg's Steve Newman.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: I JUST DIDN'T THINK IT WAS WRITTEN WELL. I TRIED TO WORK WITH HIM TO COME UP WITH BETTER LANGUAGE, BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.))
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((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-FAIRFAX: HE'S ONE OF THE SMARTEST GUYS UP HERE. VERY VERY BRIGHT. AND HE'S A REAL QUICK STUDY.))
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Edwards says his career as a federal prosecutor made him look at things in terms of legal precedent or tradition-- so he tends to reject the rightward shift of the new Senate.
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And he says he's NOT into the parliamentary tricks some of his colleagues use to conceal their controversial tracks.
Whatever label you attach, what you see is what you get.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Coming up a little later,
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we'll meet an artist of a different kind. We really mean it when we say he is a CUT above all the rest.
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Stevenson


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You probably remember him as Henry Blake on the hit series MASH-
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SUPER=@FILE;


Actor McLean Stevenson has died- after suffering a heart attack.
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((THERE ARE CERTAIN RULES ABOUT A WAR AND RULE NUMBER ONE IS YOUNG MEN DIE AND RULE NUMBER TWO IS DOCTORS CAN'T CHANGE THAT. SHUT UP. YOU SHUT UP FRANK.))
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Stevenson played Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake on the show- for its first three seasons.
Stevenson was 66.
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Snow


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NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=tho
TAPE#96-15
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The snow's made roads slick.
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


V-DOT says that's because this snow is wetter than the past two storms.
Even there isn't as much snow, road conditions can be deceiving.
SUPER=03-Montgomery County;


Snow did contribute to an accident in Montgomery County this afternoon that injured one person.
The driver lost control of the car, it hit an embankment and overturned.
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Crews were out in the early morning hours clearing off snow and putting down chemicals.
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S-Radford


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NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
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Radford put up some big first half numbers and the Highlanders cruise to an easy 87 to 68 win over Coastal Carolina.
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SUPER=03-Radford/SportSouth; :


Ron Bradley's Highlanders were working on a three game winning streak.
And Jason Lansdown opened the game with a couple of baskets to give Radford a three point lead.
Coastal came right back Donald Moore takes the ball to the hoop for the score and Radford led by 2.
Then the Highlanders put together a 15 to 2 run behind two three pointers by Anthony Walker and Radford led 50 to 25 at the half.
Coastal tried to get back in the game by going hard to the boards for the inside baskets but still trailed by 20.
The Highlanders maintained the big SUPER=33-Radford/=87/Coastal
Carolina/=68;

lead and they get the 87 to 68 win over Coastal Carolina tonight at the Dedmon Center.
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S-ODAC


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NEWSCAST=11pm
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The second annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Banquet tipped off tonight over in Salem at the Salem Civic Center.
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Because of the snow; Randolph Macon, Hampden Sydney and several Lynchburg players were unable to attend.
The all conference teams were announced. Randolph Macon senior guard Kurt Axe was named the ODAC player of the year. he lead the conference in 3 point field goals made with 59.
Bridgewater coach Bill Leatherman was named ODAC coach of the year. His Eagles finished third in the conference after being picked 8th in the preseason polls.
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((BILL LEATHERMAN/ODAC COACH OF THE YEAR:))
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Guilford's Tharon Robinson was named ODAC freshman of the year and all five Roanoke College starters were selected to one of the three ODAC teams. The tournament begins tomorrow at 1pm.

S-Hokies


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S5-26
GRAPHIC=Tech Hoops


The 10-th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies host top ranked and undefeated Massachusetts at the Cassell tomorrow afternoon in Blacksburg.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Jan. 10, 1983; :


The last time an undefeated team played in the Cassell it was January 10-th 1983 the opponent was Memphis State.
Dell Curry was a freshman and scored 16 points Keith Colbert held All American Keith Lee to 13 points and Junior Reggie Steppe scored 21 in the 69 to 56 victory.
The head coach on that team was Charlie Moir.
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((CHARLIE MOIR/COACHED 1983 TEAM: ))
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Moir remembers the game as if it was yesterday. Especially the crowd which remained in the Cassell long after the Hokies had pulled off the upset.
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((CHARLIE MOIR: ))
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S-Scores


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WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB96-2
GRAPHIC=NONE
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/TNT SPORTS; :


At the Hive tonight, Matt Geiger was not even suppose to play because of back spasms but the big guy had a career high 28 points with Charlotte to lead the Hornets over the Nuggets.
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
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CHRYON MOTION
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OUT Q=....WINNIPEG."
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#Tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


And coming up, the Express was on the hard water at the Roundhouse tonight.
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And Sterling Marlin goes after his third straight win in the Daytona 500 this Sunday.
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S-Express


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#ICE-95
GRAPHIC=Roanoke/South Carolina


The Roanoke express was at the Roundhouse tonight taking on a South CArolina team that has been hot on the road.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Stingrays; :


Daniel Berthiaume would lead his Express against South Carolina trying to break their 12 game winning streak.
And the Express came out and get it started at the halfway point of the first Ila Dubkov passes to Dave Stewart who slaps it in on the upper shelf for a one to nothing Express lead.
South Carolina tied it up in the second as Rob Donavan hits Kevin Knopp for the wide open goal to make the score one to one.
Then with three minutes remaining in the second period Jeff Jedstedt gets
SUPER=34-Roanoke/==4/South Carolina/==3;the lose puck and the assist to Jason

Clarke who gets his 20-th goal of the season the Express wins it 4 to 3.
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S-Daytona


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#R-31
GRAPHIC=Speedweeks Logo


The drivers have only one more practice session tomorrow afternoon before the green flag drops for Sunday's Daytona 500.
Today Mike Stevens talks with a driver who hopes to make history in Sunday's race.
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SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/1994-95 Winner; :23
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Has Never Won Daytona 500; 1:13
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OUT Q=.....7 sports."
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Chainsaw-Artist


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-20
GRAPHIC=NONE


A tree trunk is his canvas.
The smell of sawdust and the sounds of a chainsaw fill his studio- usually a busy street corner.
Tracy Altizer found Bath County's Don Blanchard today in Pulaski, creating his works of art.
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(( You might say it started as a result of procrastination, when Don Blanchard was supposed to be cutting firewood to heat his home.
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SOT 9:57:28

((DON BLANCHARD/CHAINSAW ARTIST: I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS GONNA WORK MYSELF TO DEATH TO STAY WARM, BUT BEFORE I CUT ANY FIREWOOD I ACTUALLY DID MY FIRST CARVING. ))
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Or you might say it was Divine Inspiration.
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((I GUESS THE GOOD LORD HAD THAT IN MIND, THAT'S THE ONLY THING I KNOW. I MEAN I BELIEVE THAT WITH ALL MY HEART. ))
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However it started 13 years ago, it ended up a new career.
Blanchard, a school yearbook photographer put down his camera, revved up his chainsaw and never looked back.
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With a slice here and a cut there, Blanchard transforms tree trunks into intricate sculptures. He has no patterns, only his imagination and his saw.
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((I KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE AND PRETTY MUCH HOW TO START, AND IT JUST GOES FROM THERE. ))
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It may be that Blanchard is as much a free spirit as the Native Americans and the eagles he carves.
You'll rarely find him at a craft show. He prefers to create and sell on busy roadsides from town to town.
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SOT 9:58:21

((IT'S A LITTLE EASIER, I HAVE A LITTLE FREEDOM THAT WAY. I DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A SCHEDULE TO BE ANYWHERE. I DON'T HAVE SOMEBODY NEXT TO MEE MAKING APPLE BUTTER OR PLAYING MUSIC OR SOMETHING. ))
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Blanchard has spent three days in Pulaski. When asked where he plans to be next week he replied, "I don't know, wherever the Good Lord takes me I guess." near you. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Pulaski.)) So keep your eyes open, you might find him carving out his niche on a corner